Cancer Symptoms and EffectsCancer is a serious
malignant tumor which can cause devastating effects in someone's life. The disease is multi-symptomatic
medical condition, leading to the development of a variety symptoms, ranging from insignificant to
life-threatening symptoms . It's effects can be multiple and vary from one patient to another. In fact, the
majority of cancers are completely asymptomatic at first. When finally emerge, symptoms are not typical to the
disease. Cancer effects are often minor and common to many other diseases at the genesis. Only specific diagnostic
procedures may lead to the detection of the cancer. In general, the characteristics of cancer symptoms depend
on the organ affected and its stage.
For instance, lung cancer may lead to the development of:
of general condition
pain and cough
- loss of
appetite and weight loss
- Swollen lymph nodes in neck or at the level of the
In the majority of women, breast cancer usually manifests
depression (mostly after diagnosis)
of a lump in the breast
swollen lymph nodes in the armpits
and functional changes in the breast: nipple discharge, presence of red patch on the breast, abnormal skin
peeling, breast pain, etc.
Colon cancer can go undetected for a long period. However, left untreated, the
cancer can spread into the liver, lymph nodes and other
parts of the body, leading to the development of:
onset of abdominal pain
or change in bowel movement
alteration of general condition
abdominal tumor or liver metastasis
obstruction or intestinal perforation (complication).
other cancers, prostate cancer has a slow growth, and may take years before producing symptoms.
In fact, some men die with prostate cancer without being aware of it.
When symptoms finally occur, they may include:
in retaining and/or starting urine
- Low or
discontinuous urine output
- Pain or
burning sensation on urination
- Blood in
pain in lower back, the hips or upper thighs...